Hardworking and versatile are two words that describe Destini Mason.
How is she hardworking? UCSB Head Coach Carlene Mitchell has labeled the senior guard as a blue-collar worker because of her will to defend on the court and for her willingness to play different positions to put her team in a position to succeed.
How is she versatile? She was the Gauchos' top rebounding guard last year, pulling down 124 boards in 33 games, while also swiping the third most steals on the team with 19.
The Moreno Valley, Calif. native has improved her numbers in nearly every statistical category since her freshman year, and she is showing no signs of slowing down.
In her junior campaign, Mason increased her minutes per game by nearly seven minutes, added 74 more points to her points total, and collected 40 more rebounds than she did as a sophomore. Not to mention she also doubled her steals output and improved in every aspect of her shooting whether from the field, in three-point range, or at the free-throw line.
Last season, she recorded her first career double-double at UC Riverside when she scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping UCSB to a 62-42 blowout victory. She even pulled down three offensive boards in the game despite going up against three Highlanders who towered over six feet tall.
She and the rest of the Gauchos will open the 2013-14 season on Monday, Nov. 4 in the Thunderdome when they host Vanguard in an exhibition game.
Great season ticket packages are available for the Gauchos. This year's home schedule includes plenty of high-profile matchups including Arizona, Utah State, and San Diego State, a rematch of last season's WNIT game.
For more information or to purchase season tickets, drop by the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB (8272) or click here.
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